Addressing Racial Trauma
Building equity requires intentional practices that acknowledge the experiences of all members of the community. Students, teachers, and leaders who have experienced the trauma of racism are impacted in nearly every aspect of their life. We know post-traumatic stress and related disorders can lead to mental health and substance abuse concerns, and as a result, impact all areas of our lives. The trauma of racism will be explored in a workshop model through the examination the damaging cultural norms that have existed over time, the need for transparency and change to promote healing and the practices that can restore a sense of safety and well-being in our black and brown communities and for others who have been marginalized or disenfranchised.